1 pointFor the first time, someone higher up the social ladder has voiced exactly the same views I have. This is that the exposure of smoking as harmful in the 70s is so similar to the social media phenomenon. We need to be totally aware that what goes into your brain resembles what goes into your mouth (diet). Absolutely, the internet is hugely valuable for learning languages or lots of other things. Despite all that it seems to me most users these days are being dumbed down by Social Media. Much of this activity tends to be made up of gossip, routine chit chat or (even worse) games. Now don't take me for a saint. Sure, I've accessed adult material online or dating forums in the past. The dating forums were usually dead boring - two liner responses on down-to-earth topics. Conversation was painfully limited. So, I dropped it. In many ways Social Media to me is the very opposite of autism since autism sometimes cultivates "creativity" by being remote from what other people think and the general trivia of what matters to the majority. Basically it's "social intelligence" that now dominates the internet and not content that gives the brain a workout. As the writer stated on the BBC radio the net has somehow alienated the general population from technology. The masses became consumers and - even worse - depend on it for information that's now plain biased..This latest development sees political bias being fed to users online because so much alternative news tends to be blocked.Very possibly we would be better off without it till the time steps are taken to safeguard users from surveillance, job centre tracking, profiling and the general dumbing down of our minds. I used to be alone in these views but more people are becoming cynical. Anyway I use the net mostly today for online dictionaries and news. Yet so many non mainstream news channels can't be accessed on my mobile so I use foreign variants.
1 point(Not written by me) High school boy with autism lands Miss Utah hopeful as his homecoming date after classmates play a cruel prank Michael, a junior at Taylorsville High, took Miss Greater Salt Lake to homecoming The teenager, who has autism, received a heartbreaking fake invite to the dance One of his teachers got in touch with the local beauty queen and asked for help Dexonna Talbot, a Miss Utah hopeful, said she cried when she heard of the prank Talbot walked into Michael's class and asked him to go with her instead A beauty queen has helped a bullied high school student get the last laugh on his peers. Michael Conrad, a junior at Taylorsville High School who has autism and ADHD, received a fake invitation to homecoming that left him upset and his mother 'sick to her stomach'. The culprits, who are yet to be identified, egged his home and left a note saying: 'I'm sorry for the mess. But how about I make it up to you by taking you to Homecoming?' Fox News reported. The note was attributed to a friend of Michael's, but when he confronted her about it, she denied all knowledge and told him she already had a date. Michael's uncle said on Twitter the teenager had: 'tried to hide the hurt when this happened but it was obvious that he was upset inside'. Hearing about the cruel prank, debating teacher Jenn Palomino said she was heartbroken, and determined to help right the wrong. She contacted Miss Greater Salt Lake, Dexonna Talbot, and asked if she might be able to help salvage her student's homecoming experience. Talbot, who will compete for Miss Utah in the next few months, said she felt called to act the second she heard about the fake invitation. 'The second I heard about this, I knew I wanted to do something,' she said. 'I automatically broke down into tears, because just thinking about the fact that someone would go out of their way to make someone else feel bad is so heartbreaking to me.' Holding a sign covered in Starburst - Michael's favourite candy, Talbot was filmed entering his high school classroom last week to ask him to homecoming - for real this time. Standing up, he can be heard responding with an enthusiastic: 'Sure!' As the pair chat, Michael's classmates can be heard applauding the unlikely match. On Saturday, Talbot shared photographs of the pair ahead of the big dance. 'Had the time of my life with the coolest, funniest, kindest and most amazing guy at homecoming tonight,' she wrote. 'Michael you are one of a kind. I am so humbled by this experience. Bullying sucks and kindness ALWAYS wins.' Speaking to friends on Facebook, Michael's mother Jennifer said she still doesn't know who played the cruel prank on her son, but the family have chosen to focus on the positives. 'We don't know who did it, but to us it doesn't matter,' she said. 'Through this experience our sweet boy was able to have the time of his life.' 'I just hope [the bullies] realize that you should [not] tear someone down to try and make yourself look cool.' Source: Daily Mail
1 point@fenfaerielee I completely get where you are coming from. I am also an introvert - an INFJ in the myers briggs personality typing system, and an HSP - as well as being on the Autism spectrum with ADD inattentive subtype I follow a lot of HSP and introvert and INFJ accounts on Instagram, and many of the posts seem interchangeable with the autism ones. Others have even put this in comments - asking if there is a link with autism/aspergers, because they seem so similar. Sensory sensitivity, overwhelm, social difficulty, needing a lot of alone time to recharge from the world, issues with body feedback of hunger, tiredness, caffeine. Some things dont fit with autism though like sensitivity to art/deeper things. There is an intuitive similarity between INFJs and HSPs not shared with autism. Mostly, with the similar aspects, I think it comes down to severity. Someone who is just an introvert, HSP, or INFJ can still function in society - they may collapse at the end of a work day, may need to learn to manage their time and energy in a way thats more effective for their needs, but they can still make it work - can find places of work suitable, can make adjustments that do actually allow them to function. These are not diagnostic categories, they are variations on normal human psychology. With autism though - even amongst those previously called Aspergers ( 'higher functioning' is offensive to some on the spectrum so 'Aspergers' is still useful), there is a 80-90% unemployment rate, not without a lifetime of trying, for many. The impact on quality of life is much more severe - socially, in terms of routine, meltdowns, level of sensory issues etc.. I imagine/would guess if an HSP, hard introvert, INFJ were to take testing for autism they might get 'sub-clinical/below-clinical' or something like that that - not enough for diagnosis, there are cut off distinctions for symptoms being a disorder, but a certain degree of similarity and impact on ability to function. Even when you look at aspergers - everyone stims. People tap their pen on the table while on the phone to help focus/calm, shake the hands out before a race, do that knee shake when restless, jump up and down when excited with all that extra energy etc.. But people with autism need it differently - to function in everyday life. It cant be tapered into fitting in with social expectations and inhibiting it can be detrimental. Its all human behaviour, people on the autism spectrum arent aliens.. its going to have links and crossover with normal human behaviour - otherwise where did it come from? *even ducks stim - they shake and flap out their wings after every fight to get rid of all that excess/angry energy/vibe Does that help at all?